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"Being ensamples to the flock."
T Thy footstool lowly bending,
We rely upon Thy word.
2 May we deeply be concernéd
Lead the children in Thy way.
3 Can we tell them of a Saviour
We ourselves have never known?"
We ourselves have never shown?
Of Thy heavenly grace send down.
By Thy grace, preserve us free.
Holy intercourse with heaven; Christian characters sustaining, Cleansed from earth's polluted leaven: To Thy glory,
Hearts, and lives, and all be given.
6 Let a band of sacred union
To Thy family above.
has undone our fallen race, But Jesus has restored;
And brought the sinner face to face
2 This we repeat from year to year,
3 Blessings upon the rising race!
4 We see, though they perceive it not,
O make them tremble at the thought,
5 Dear Saviour, let this new-born year,
WITHIN these walls be peace,
Love through our borders found;
In all our little palaces
God scorns not humble things:
He makes the simple wise;
And children here, the King of kings
Is training for the skies.
3 May none, who thus are taught,
But all, through faith and patience, brought
"Thy children shall be taught of the Lord."
ISAIAH liv. 13.
GREAT All-in-All, Eternal Power!
On us Thy richest blessings shower;
2 Bless this assembly; Lord, to Thee,
While for the children we implore
With quickening power Thy Spirit send,
4 Shed on our schools Thy heavenly light,
5 Direct their footsteps, God of grace,
6 And O, may we, who teach them, share
In zeal and love may we be found
7 Then, when the last great trumpet's sound
"Sing.. for the young of the flock."
COME, ye that love the Lord I
With us your voices raise,
To sing the triumphs of His word,
The lambs He condescends to feed,
Nor suffers them to stray.
O what a lovely sight,
To see our tender youth
Follow the Saviour with delight,
And tread the paths of truth!
They who begin so soon
With swifter speed shall run;
More bright and warm shall be their noon,
More fair their evening sun.
When we can work no more,
They shall the cause extend;
Till every knee, from shore to shore,
"I must work ..."
JOHN IX. 4.
ORD, we meet to pray and praise,
Teach us now our hearts to raise;
We have much to ask of Thee,
May we earnest pleaders be.
Lord, we meet, a working band,
2 May we each, with loving heart,
"God gave the increase."
1 COR. iii. 6.
GOD, by whom the seed is given;
By whom the harvest blest;
Whose Word, like manna showered from heaven,
Though buried deep, or thinly strewn,
Do Thou Thy grace supply,
That hope in early furrows sown
"It is God which worketh in you
"TIS God the Spirit leads
In paths before unknown;
The work to be performed is ours,
Assisted by His grace,
We still pursue our way;
And hope at last to reach the prize,
'Tis He that works to do;
His is the power by which we ant
"The entrance of Thy words giveth light."
1 THE Spirit breathes upon the word,
A glory gilds the sacred page,
It gives a light to every age;
3 The hand that gave it, still supplies
5 My soul rejoices to pursue
Let everlasting thanks be Thine
"It is the Spirit that quickeneth."
TIS not by power, 'tis not by might,
2 Come then, O sacred Spirit, down,
Our souls refresh, our labours own,
3 And when, within the silent tomb,
"His work is honourable and glorious."
1 DELIGHTFUL work! important charge!
To teach for God the rising race,